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20 Days of Theatrical Thanks 2012: Day 1

Today I’m thankful for… a resilient Broadway.

A line of ticket-buyers wait at the TKTS booth in Times Square on Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012. Most Broadway theaters were reopening Wednesday for regular matinee and evening performances following several days of closures related to superstorm Sandy. (AP Photo/Beth J. Harpaz)

I don’t think there’s any better way of beginning 20 Days of Thanks than by expressing gratefulness for a city — and its people’s — resilience. After Hurricane Sandy ravaged New York City on Monday night, many were evacuated from their homes (including me) and remain without power, water or transportation. But while the lower half of Manhattan remains dark, midtown bustles with its usual eclectic and frantic activity: commuters rush to work and tourists wander the endearingly tacky circus that is Times Square  — and The Great White Way has barely missed a beat.

Broadway theatres were dark Tuesday night and some of the following afternoon, but by Wednesday night, both the buses and Broadway were back on schedule. With no trains running from Brooklyn into Manhattan, Peter Pan (Adam Chanler-Berat) biked from Brooklyn to his matinee performance of Peter and the Starcatcher on 47th Street. The same was true for Queens residents, and when no cabs were to be found, Chaplin swings made the nearly two hour hike over the Queensborough Bridge from Astoria.

When Hurricane Irene hit last summer, Broadway lost $10 million from cancelled shows. Though we don’t yet know what losses were incurred from Sandy, it’s fair to say that Broadway — and New York — has lost very little in the way that matter: strength of spirit.

I’m proud of and thankful for my fellow artists and administrators who go through hell and (literal) high waters to ensure that the show goes on.

For more info about 20 Days of Thanks, go here.


One comment on “20 Days of Theatrical Thanks 2012: Day 1

  1. Anne
    November 2, 2012

    Hooray for thanks, and for QB swing hikers!


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